The new ideas for the counter culture movement surprised and frightened American society.
Imagine, by John Lennon is a song that illustrates the ideas and values of the counter culture movement.
The relaxed attitude, nonviolent protests, and yearning for peace and love were all things the counter culture movement believed in, John Lennon included, which he demonstrates in his lyrics.
The counter culture movement: a revolution in itself that changed the lives of many Americans and altered their thoughts to pull them away from the conformist attitude America thrived on at the time.
People were influenced to break away from the mold society created for them and live their lives the way they wanted to; the way they weren't supposed to.
However, many signs suggest that things weren't that homogenous.
If we usually identify the movement with rock'n'roll (and its subgenres: blues-rock, pop, psychedelic music, prog rock, hard rock) and folk – which were mainly listened to by white youth – to define exactly which musics were part of the phenomenon is a complex task: how did, for example, previous subcultures, or free jazz and Jamaican music and other "minority" musicians and fans relate to the counterculture?